Resident loses more than his belongings in Warwick fire

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Almost 100 residents were inside a 38-unit building when a fire broke out to the Westgate Condominiums around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

All of the people inside were able to escaped unharmed. But John Frisella lost everything, including the ashes of his deceased father.

“We just had a newborn baby, all of his stuff is gone,” said Frisella. “My father died a year ago. I lost, his ashes are in there. All of my father’s pictures I’ll never get back.”

Frisella lived on the second floor and just moved there this past November. He told us that he had more bad news, besides losing everything he owned had to the blaze.

“Two things I was doing this week was getting insurance, I had the application all ready,” he said. “And then I was putting pictures on ‘the cloud’ and a backup for all my pictures.”

Although residents lost everything the Warwick Fire Department said that they are grateful the fire did not spread to two other buildings in the complex.

The Red Cross is assisting at least seven families.

Texas Roadhouse also provided food for the displaced residents and The Christian Hill Community Church in West Warwick provided additional shelter.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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